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Concentrated Evil - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Raisins, Coconut Sugar, Panusta Sugar.

(Beer added by: bulletrain76 on 11-17-2009)
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ngeunit1

California

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin covering of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour raisin and other dark fruit flavors. There is also a bit of sweetness from some caramel malts and a touch of yeast mixed in.

T - Starts off with some fairly strong sour raisin flavor and some other dark fruits. There is a touch of sweetness from the caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the sourness subsides a bit and the sweetness grows with a bit of yeast coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet and sour with a bit of alcohol flavor coming through that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels a bit watery and a bit resiny. Overall, the mouthfeel is not quite there.

D - Pretty drinkable. Seems like this did not quite hold up as expected and the raisin flavor seems stronger than planned. That being said, I found it very interesting and am happy to have given it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:29:58 | More by ngeunit1
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, on a recent family trip. Poured a nice brown color with a good tan head. Aromas of raisins, yeast and spices. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with apples, raisins, dark fruit and sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 05:20:35 | More by emmasdad
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DovaliHops

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up because of the cool label. Pours an almost-clear, dark reddish brown color with a small, white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite pleasant. Nice candied dark fruits with a lot of spiciness. Some nice, boozy aromas, with some caramel malt and vanilla notes. Taste is this beer's downfall though...actually, I take that back. Given this beer is not as good as it smells, it is a decent tasting beer. There are some nice dark fruit flavors, but the spices just seem a little off. Not only that, but the sweetness tastes somewhat artificial to me. The flavors just don't mesh as well as they should. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I would not purchase this beer again, but it wasn't a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 05:51:41 | More by DovaliHops
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky prune juice color with a tiny 1/2 tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Lifeless strings of lace here and there on the glass. Smells of raisins, plums, turbinado sugar, and a typical Belgian yeast aroma. Ok, now the taste is something else. The first thing that hits the mouth is a sourness. I am not sure I have had a sour BSDA before and I know why. Sour plums, stale raisins, and yeast come through in the taste. This beer has no sweetness that I was expecting. Carbonation levels are fine. However, there is an astringency about this beer that is very unpleasant in the mouth. Overall, this beer is not very good. I would be willing to try another bottle sometime to see if it's any better but I have a feeling this is just an overall miss from the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:42:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brotherloco

California

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a thin head and a small ring of foam.

Smells fruity. Banana on the sweet end, mixed with fig and plum. Candi sugar, sweet malt. Some red wine notes. Light on the Belgian peppery notes.

Flavor starts sweet and gets strong through the middle. Dark fruits are there. Peppery notes stronger than the nose. Fruit flavors get sour in the middle and on the finish. Some lingering tobacco and port notes in the aftertaste. Overall it tilts towards complex, but goes in some weird directions. The mix of sweet and sour is the oddest part.

Carbonation is pretty low on this one. Gets kind of syrupy over time. Alcohol is quite well hidden in the flavor, you've got to give it that, but you will certainly heat up quick at 11%.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:57:12 | More by brotherloco
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a slightly viscous reddish-orange co.or, topped by a small bit of creamy, off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma is big on raisins, dark fruit, Brown sugar, and tangy yeast.
Palate is mostly sweet malt, with hints of raisins, brown sugar, grapes, and dark fruit. The yeast adds a nice tangy note, but also a slightly chalky bitterness. Finish is a lasting sweetness, with a hint of orange peel.
Body is full and not sticky, but largely flat. I expect a lot more effervescence from a Belgian-style ale. Still, there's very little heat for such a strong ale, which makes it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 06:43:36 | More by ElGordo
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. 22oz. bomber poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: An extended pour barely yields a .25 finger coarse, off white head that dissipates quickly into a single layer of big bubbles floating atop the brew. Beer is a clear light mahogany. Lacing is stringy and sparse with moderate stick. I thought Belgians were supposed to be well carbonated, with big, bold head formation and ridiculous lacing! This one falls a bit short here.

S: Nose is not at all what I expect. Fresh green grapes and plums and a noticeable vinous note. Also a touch of rubbing alcohol in the back. Where are the cloves? Spices? Dark fruit? The aroma is missing all of these critical aspects here.

T: Opens vinous with a touch of tartness. Watered down white grape juice washed over with ethanol. Grape notes from beginning to end with a touch of spice and clove right towards the finish. Yeasty on the finish and a slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste. Very little complexity here and some off flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slick in the mouth. Watery in parts with a slight aggressiveness going down. Finish is watery with a messy, lingering aftertaste. Could be a bit more carbonated but the smoothness really helps.

D: For an 11% beer, this one drinks surprisingly well. However, for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, it falls almost completely flat. Appearance? Not too great. Aroma? Inappropriate. Complexity? Largely missing. Feel? Not half bad. I won't be revisiting this one though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:22:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
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chumba526

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This ale appears dark brownish red though it is almost black. There is a small bit of brown foam that forms on the top but quickly disappears.

It smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. I get a bit of a fruity bubblegum and raisin like smell to the beer as well. I get a bit of a nutty malt smell to the beer. It does not smell bad but it smells very sweet. The smell does not seem very balanced.

It tastes initially of raisons and other dried fruits. I get a bit of a plumb like flavor to the beer. There is an earthy like brown sugar flavor. There is a pleasant citrusy, banana, fruity and bubble gum yeasty flavor to the beer. I get a bit of a nutty malt taste to the beer. I am surprised and glad that this beer was not as sweet as the smell suggested it was. The beer has a bit of an alcohol burn in the aftertaste. I still think that the beer is not very well balanced but it tastes quite nice.

The carbonation is quite low and there is a smooth and somewhat cream mouthfeel. The low carbonation complements the flavor of the beer.

The drinkability is not that good. One glass of this is all that I could drink because it is a bit heavy and sweet. It is quite smooth as it gets warmer though.

Overall a pretty good beer. It is a bit too sweet for my taste but it is a pleasant beer. I think it is a little overpriced but it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:17:59 | More by chumba526
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Gobzilla

California

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a burnt brownish orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits were very noticeable on the first whiff alongside caramel, mild spice, floral, brown suagr, and faint vanilla in the background.

T: the taste was also very sweet qwith the caramel leading the way but had dark fruity, mild spice, vaniila accents and a touch of brown suagr.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a a very sweet, aslight fruity, spice, and sticky finish.

D: definitey was a sipper to me due to how rich and sweet it was. Glad I got to take a stab at it though.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:01:49 | More by Gobzilla
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Arbitrator

California

2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Todd.

A: Pours a dark, but ultimately clear, maroon body with light beige head. It has orange tint when held to the light. Despite a vigorous pour, a head of light tan bubbles barely forms, and it vanishes quickly, leaving only a thin collar. No lace.

S: Even from the bottle I could smell dried red apples and raisins. In the glass it is heavily raisin-y with hints of overripe plums, cherries, apricots. I pick up multi-grain bread and a light cinnamon note. It's pretty interesting.

T: When I first poured it (straight from the fridge), it was kind of a mess: disjointed dark fruits, somewhat boozy, and lacking in body. As it warmed, it pulled together, defined by a backbone of overripe dark fruits (raisins, plums) and a small stone fruit presence. It has a general sweetness mid-taste, almost like straight sugar. The finish brings out a slight sourness -- not lactic or acetic, but rather something akin to old apples beginning to ferment. That and a small taste of cinnamon really drive home an apple cider comparison. The aftertaste is dried plums.

M: The beer lacks body when cold. As it warms, it firms up a bit, but it still needs more. The booze character becomes less overt as the beer approaches room temperature, but there is a lingering warmth.

D: In mental comparisons to some other BSDAs, I find this falls short. For some reason the spicy phenols haven't manifested; the yeast hasn't brought out any of the nuts / brown sugar / green apple / toast / caramel that I appreciate in better examples of the style. I didn't have the first batch, so I can't comment if this is an improvement, but I think a few more tweaks are in order.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:12:12 | More by Arbitrator
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Why can't my hectic, annoying weekends come during my three month vacation??!! In any event...OK, a relatively new brewery should NEVER be charging $8.99/bomber for ANYTHING. They are calling this a Belgian "style" ale. We'll see, kids...Pours a deep amber with hints of orange. Only the slightest haze sits in this here brew. No real head forms, and no real lacing. It's carbonated a lot more than I would have expected for an 11% ABV ale. Just a touch above par. Nose is somewhat subdued but what there is is loaded with sour stone fruit of the cherry and peach varieties. Some raspberry seems to be in there too. A touch, just a wisp mind you, of funk, too. Nice and kind of unique. Flavor is thinner than I would have wished. Are they SURE this is 11% ABV? Some real funky sour notes right upfront. Not overwhelming by any means. No real sweetness either, which is kind of surprising. The malt character is really downplayed in this brew. Almost no "punch" to it. A little thin all the way through. Finish is very dry and not at all hoppy. This is a bizarre and intriguing brew, but not elite or even in the 2nd tier. It's very unique and I still can't believe it's 11% ABV. A pretty nice effort but too expenisve for my tastes.

What I like most: The interesting and dilectible aromas.

What I like least: The price and thinner-than-expected flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique but a little too expensive. try as a novelty.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:46:49 | More by SolomonGrundy
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know about this beer until I was in the beer store and it was recommended to me. Thought I'd take a chance, even though I believe it was close to $10 for the bomber.

Pours dark ruby-brown colour with thin tan head. Some very mild lacing, head retention was ok. Smells mildly of dried fruit with some Belgian yeast, though more muted than I thought. Some bready malt in there too. Flavour is quite sweet, some brown sugar maybe. Big carbonation level. Overall, not worth the price, just an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 21:13:32 | More by kwjd
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augustgarage

California

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Lightly chilled.

Very lightly hazy sienna body which takes on a sinopia glow when held to the light. A small head stained a variant of light khaki dissipates to a modest slick and bubbling collar. Fine sandy lacing but no real legs (surprising considering the alcohol level).

Very rich bready malt in the nose. The esters have a fruit-cake quality that works well with the base yeast. Faint cinnamon sugar can be detected as well. A vague armagnac note emerges as the beer continues to warm.

Slight wheat-like tartness on the palate entry, though this is offset by the complex sweetness from a variety of sugars (I think I can detect turbinado but nothing more exotic). Faintly nutty/coffee bitterness with delicate tobacco flavors melds with cherry-like esters from the alcohol in the finish. (Golden?) Raisins are present but don't stand out. Tastes something like a well attenuated dubbel though a tad generic compared to the singular Belgian examples of the style, each with their own very well evolved yeast strain.

Light bodied yet oily in the mouth. Moderately carbonated, though not especially effervescent.

The brightness and balance make this one more drinkable than the ABV would suggest (dangerously so). Glad to finally see some Fifty Fifty in SoCal - hopefully this is only the beginning.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:25:14 | More by augustgarage
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womencantsail

California

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeff for opening up a bottle of this yesterday at the Bruery.

A: The pour is a dark amber/mahogany color with a minimal off-white head forming.

S: Candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and honey provide a lot of sweetness right off the bat. Lots of sugary, overripe fruits are present as well, namely raisins, plums, and apricots.

T: Jesus is this beer sweet. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and perhaps honey give this beer more sweetness than is necessary. More sweetness from raisins and plums, maybe some apple juice too, as if this beer really needed to be sweeter.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation giving this one a pretty syrupy feeling.

D: I think I might have diabetes after drinking this. The flavors were good, but I just couldn't see myself drinking much more than a few ounces of this in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 06:45:45 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper red with a short and short lasting white head.

Nose is assertive candi sugar and nail polish remover; undertones of sweet carmel and plum sauce, hints of mince meat pie, Xmas fruit cake and whiskied cherries, all to say that, the nose is almost overpoweringly sweet.

Mouthfeel, flavor and finish don't match the nose or expectations whatsoever. Mouth is thin but nicely carbonated and seems to have nice balance for what it may be trying to be (which is a question).

I don't mind the taste or the flavor profile. The beer is not a Belgian style ale - so, on that score it fails. It's not even close. However, it's almost a sour although I think it's by accident.

There are some raisin and brown sugar undertones; hints, as the case may be. However, this could have been wild with some brettanomyces or other yeasts or bacterias.

Flavors are sour plum, sweet wine vinegar, bitter burnt sugar tones with a burnt toast, light burnt coffee bitter finish.

This is the first FiftyFifty brew I've had. I'm drawing no conclusions from this one. This beer is not bad; just not what it purports to be. I'm ignoring the label and just reviewing it as if the beer was not labeled. Otherwise, the scores would not reflect the beer's good points. Fair warning. An interesting experience, if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:18:45 | More by GRG1313
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100floods

California

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not going to lie, I firstly bought this because the label looked so damn cool. I've also heard great things about this brewery. I've only had their stout and loved it.

Pours a copper hue with no head. From a foot away I can smell candy sugar and a little bit of alcohol. Upon a 'closer' smell I pick up hints of apple juice and yeast. This already reminds me of an aged Koningshoeven Quad i had a year or two ago. As I let it sit and stir my cup a little, more dark flavors begin to appear, but faintly.

This first sip caught me buy surprise. I was expecting rich, dark malt flavors with some belgian yeast, but rather I got a sour flavor. Oh my. The details on the label (which says it's brewed with raisins and brown sugar) certainly lead me to think I was going to be drinking a more traditional attempt at this style of beer. There's little carbonation, which I was kind of a bummer. Each sip leaves a dry, slightly dark fruit-ish aftertaste. For what was advertised, this beer missed the mark.

There's definitely nothing wrong with how this beer tastes. It actually has the foundation to make a great sour beer. Toss this in a barrel, add some bret and you'd have a great sour brown ale. The problem is, I don't think they were going for that. The only thing evil about this beer is that it's misleading.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 19:21:07 | More by 100floods
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popery

California

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

City Beer Store. Maybe, a bit too big for its own good. This beer was a jumble of big, sweet flavors. They didn't exactly come together perfectly for me, but it was fun to try. The beer is a very dark ruby/brown with a sticky beige head. Raisins, honey, sweet prunes, brown sugar, soy sauce, peaches, caramel. Lots going on but quite sweet and sort of heavy on the palate. Some spice is detectable. It's just not all good. Some booze but good for the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 08:50:20 | More by popery
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matiasek

California

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Complex fruity esters reminiscent of cherries, strawberries and raisins. Soft spicy phenols. Low to low alcohols. moderate sweet malty aroma; caramel and raisins. No diacetyl and no hops.

Appearance: Deep copper with excellent clarity, Thin smear of tan foam that reduces to a collar immediately, low head retention.

Flavor: Complex fruity and malt balanced; raisins jump out first followed by prunes, a touch of caramel, and a slight toasty graininess. Low spicy phenols. Low and subtly refreshing tartness. Overall quite sweet but finishes reasonably clean with a little lingering sweetness and hop bitterness. Low hop bitterness balances a portion of this malt and ester forward beer. Alcohol balances a portion of the sweetness.No diacetyl. Unexpected low metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth, not hot. Unexpected subtle grainy astringency in the background of the finish. Overall reasonably smooth for such a strong beer.

Overall Impression: Fairly drinkable beer though I find this style in general to not be a style I go to when I want to drink. Wonderfully complex and fruity. Apart from the metallic flavor and the graininess I was very pleased with the beer. It is deceptively strong, I do not think the version i have is 11%, I think it was 9% actually.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:35:22 | More by matiasek
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nickd717

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at City Beer on FiftyFifty day.

Pours cloudy amber-brown with a foamy off-white head that lasts.

Smells decent, with bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and honey noticeable.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - bourbon and vanilla stand out, and there are slight fruity/citrusy and spicy notes. A touch boozy.

Medium body with carbonation a little too high, and some booziness, which is to be expected for this high of ABV I guess.

Drinkability is not too high. Not sure exactly what they were going for with this one, but it definitely fell a bit short for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 08:02:41 | More by nickd717
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bulletrain76

California

2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Super dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of licorice a sweet dried fruit. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic with strong licorice and herbal spice. Full bodied and a little sticky. This is just a weird beer. Super herbal and licorice flavored. When I saw this on the menu I got pretty psyched, but just couldn't get into it. Some more subtlety, and I could see this being a nice strong dark ale, but its just too much.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 22:43:58 | More by bulletrain76
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Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.